Desserts from 2016

La Soirée Sucrée 2017 — Celebrating Barre’s Quebecois Heritage

Thursday, July 27, 5:30 – 8:30 pm 

For the last six years, as part of the Barre Heritage Festival, the Old Labor Hall has hosted an evening of food and music celebrating Barre’s Quebecois heritage.  For the third year, the celebration will take the form of a Soirée Sucrée, the perfect combination of sweet eats and sweet sounds.

Again this year, the Sweet Evening is sponsored by the Delicate Decadence Cake Boutique. Chef Tim Boltin and his staff will fulfill every dream of desserts that melt in your mouth

The Soirée Sucrée is held in honor of the late Chet Briggs, long time President of the Barre Historical Society, for the benefit of the Society and the Barre Heritage Festival.

The evening is divided into three exciting components—all for one low price.

French Dessert Competition

After judging, Delicate Decadence staff prepare the entries for eating
After judging, Delicate Decadence staff prepare the entries for eating.

At 5:00 pm, before the doors open to the public, contestants who fancy the quality of their French desserts will have their desserts judged by a panel of professional judges.

Here’s how to enter the competition:

  Register online

  On July 27, bring your dessert to:

– Delicate Decadence (15 Cottage Street, Barre) by 4:30 pm, or

– the Old Labor Hall no later than 5:00 pm.

Don’t be late. No late entrants will be allowed to enter the competition.

French Dessert Tasting

Lausanne Allen & Carol Reed
Lausanne Allen & Carol Reed

At 5:30 pm, after the judging, the doors will open to the public. As with any good division of labor, the bakers have baked, the chefs have cooked. Now it’s time to make it all worth their while.

We get to savor the contest entries and also the delicious desserts provided by the talented chefs of Delicate Decadence, while we are royally entertained with a feast for the eyes and ears.

French-Canadian music performed by  Va-et-Vient

From 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm,  Va-et-Vient, the Addison County trio of Carol Reed, Suzanne Germain, and Lausanne Allen, will perform. These musiciennes will take you to Québec with lively reels, touching love songs, and rollicking favorites. From neighbors to the north, they bring back new old tunes learned from Québecois elders (and youngsters!), reweave them into their own arrangements, and have been spreading them throughout New England and Québec.

They were recently the opening act for French Heritage Day in Winooski, and will be performing at the Middlebury College École Française, providing the students with a musical taste of the culture they are studying.

Tickets for Soirée Sucrée 2017

  • Adults – $15 at the door, $10 in advance (plus $1.54 processing fee) 
  • Children under 12 – $6

For more information, go to the Barre Heritage Festival website or contact them at